WHAT IS A NATUROPATH?
Naturopaths are trained in nutritional, herbal and homeopathic medicine, and also have extensive knowledge of medical conditions, treatments and drugs. Naturopaths often work in conjunction with mainstream doctors to provide a more holistic treatment approach with a strong focus on prevention of illness as well as providing alternative medicines such as herbs, nutritional supplements and homeopathics to help heal the body in times of stress and illness.
WHY CONSULT A NATUROPATH?
Naturopaths treat in a holistic manner which means that they are trained to seek the underlying causes of illness rather than to simply suppress symptoms. A Naturopath will devise an individualised treatment plan to suit each patient as well as provide ongoing health management so that patients are able to continue to live in good health even after healing has taken place.
WHO SHOULD SEE A NATUROPATH?
You don’t need an excuse to see a Naturopath other than wanting to live in good health. A Naturopath is happy to give their trained advice on diet, lifestyle and supportive treatments such as nutritional and herbal medicines whether it be to treat an illness or for general wellbeing.
Naturopathic philosophy has its roots in preventative medicine and the belief that by supporting all body systems and ensuring that optimal nutritional status is maintained, one can live a full and healthy life with a strong immune system and elevated energy levels.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN A NATUROPATH HELP WITH?
Every condition and illness can be supported with naturopathic medicine, and naturopathic medicine can work in conjunction with mainstream medicine. Some conditions that may benefit from naturopathic treatment include:
Digestive complaints – reflux, bloating, irritable bowel, Crohn’s disease, food intolerances, colitis, constipation,
Hormonal issues – menstrual irregularities, menopausal symptoms, acne, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, thyroid disease,
Cardiovascular health – high cholesterol and blood pressure, heart disease
ARE CONSULTATIONS CLAIMABLE ON MEDICARE OR PRIVATE HEALTH FUNDS?
Although naturopathic consultations are not medicare rebatable you will receive a rebate from your private health fund if your private cover includes natural therapies.
DO I NEED A REFERRAL TO SEE A NATUROPATH?
No, it is not necessary to get a referral to see a naturopath.